St. Ignatius CYO Dances & Rules

 

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish CYO takes the job of providing a safe and secure environment for all our children very seriously. That is why we have the following rules and regulations for our dances. These rules are intended to ensure a good time is had by all.

General Information

The dances are open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are registered at St. Ignatius Parish School or PREP Religious Education Program or an invited Berks Catholic feeder school. Only students in these grades are admitted. Each St. Ignatius student may bring two (2) outside guests to the dance. These guests must also be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and must provide their name to gain entry to the dance. Signing-in of strangers is not permitted. Students who sign-in guests are responsible for their guest’s behavior during attendance at the dance. 

 

An admission fee is charged at each CYO dance. Dances begin at 7:00 and end at 10:00 PM. All DJ’s play music that is censored and appropriate for general audiences. Songs with lyrics that are offensive to religion, sexual morality, or human dignity are unacceptable.

 

Upon paying the admission, and gaining entry to the gym/school hall, all students are subject to the supervision and direction of adult CYO chaperones. The chaperones are the approved supervisors of all CYO Dances and act in the place of parents. All attendees are subject to the following Dance Code of Conduct.

 

NO Cell Phones Allowed

Cell phones are only permitted at the registration area and are to only be used for an emergency with a chaperone's permission. There are NO warnings. If you are caught using your cell phone, the cell phone will be confiscated and given to the parent when they pick up their child at the end of the dance. 

 

Dancing Behavior Code

Hand contact is allowed with shoulders, arms, waist, and hips; otherwise, a minimum of 2 inches separation, and face-to-face dancing is required. The use of vulgar, profane, or obscene language or gestures is not permitted.  Break dances using head or neck, and mosh pits are not permitted.

 

Dress Code

Dance attendees and chaperones are to dress at a minimum of casual at all dances. Casual is defined as: jeans, khakis, t-shirts, sneakers. Undergarments are not to be seen. All jackets and coats must be removed after entering the dance and placed in the designated areas. Only small hand bags will be permitted in the dance. The following dress is not permitted: Short shorts; Boxer shorts; Cut-off shorts; Worn jeans with holes; dresses, skirts, and blouses that expose the midriff, the back or cleavage; no strapless desses are allowed (a sweater may be worn over the shoulders, but not removed during the dance); halter tops; see-through or muscle shirts; hats and caps; glow-in-the-dark necklaces, mouth pieces, laser lights or other associated paraphernalia; items of clothing advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or drugs, or that have vulgar, obscene, or offensive messages.

SEMI-FORMAL DANCE DRESS CODE

The Dress Code For CYO Semi-Formal Dances Held at St. Ignatius is as follows:

 

Dance attendees and chaperones are to dress semi-casual. Semi-formal is defined as: slacks, khakis, collared shirts, buttoned dress shirts, jackets, ties, shoes, skirts, blouses, dresses, shawls, sweaters. Undergarments are not to be seen. Overcoats must be removed after entering the dance and placed in the designated areas. Only small hand bags will be permitted in the dance.

 

The following dress IS NOT permitted: 

  • Shorts

  • Jeans

  • Muscle shirts, sleeve-less shirts

  • Hats or caps

  • Sneakers, skates or shoes with wheels

  • Glow-in-the-dark necklaces, mouth pieces, laser lights or other associated paraphernalia

  • Dresses, skirts, and blouses that expose the midriff, the back or cleavage;

  • Tube tops

  • Items of clothing advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or drugs, or that have vulgar, obscene, or offensive messages

 

ALLOWED

Strapless, halter top or spaghetti strap dresses are allowed but a sweater or shawl must be worn over the shoulders, and not removed during the dance.

 

Consequences of Misconduct

Any dance attendee who disobeys the set rules may be removed from the dance by a chaperone. The offender will be closely supervised while a parent or guardian is contacted. The offender will then be escorted off the premises into the charge of parent or guardian. If criminal offenses are detected, the Spring Township Police will be notified and handle the violation(s).

 

Any dance attendee who disobeys the Code of Conduct may be banned for further attendance at any future events. In this event, a letter will be sent to the violator’s home and a copy will be maintained by the CYO Dance Chair. The Spring Township Police will be contacted if a banned student attempts to gain entry into a CYO function at a future time.

  

Dance Code of Conduct

Student and Guest agreement of CYO Code of Conduct

  • I will dress according to the Dress Code

  • I will behave courteously, act responsibly, and possess good manners.

  • I will use controlled and appropriate language. I will not use vulgar, profane, or obscene language or gestures.

  • I will not leave the facilities without being signed out by an adult.

  • I will not smoke or use tobacco products at a CYO dance event.

  • I will not use alcohol, drugs, or be associated with or remain in the presentce of others when they are being used.

  • I will not carry or threaten another person with a weapon, bodily force, or threatening verbal or non-verbal language.

  • I will avoid roughness to room furnishings, furniture, equipment, etc. I will be financially responsible for any damage or results of any misconduct.

  • I will respect the rights of those attending the dance.

  • I will not congregate or spend unreasonable time in the rest rooms.

  • I will not loiter on the school or church property before, during, or after dances.

  • I will not exchange money or other objects with other attendees during the dance.

  • I will cooperate and obey the directions of the chaperones during the dance.

  • I agree to and will obey the Dancing Behavior Code.

  • I will not sit on tables, stage, stage steps, cafeteria counter or another person’s lap.

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